The initial advertised Grand Prize in Lotto America will be $15 million for the first drawing, since there was no Grand Prize winner in the final Hot Lotto drawing.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Players will have more chances and better odds of winning Hot Lotto prize money in the new $1 draw game – Lotto America℠.
The initial advertised Grand Prize in the Lotto America game will be $15 million for the first drawing, as the result of there being no Grand Prize winner in the final Hot Lotto® drawing. The regular starting amount of Lotto America Grand Prizes is $2 million.
Sales for the new $1 draw game begin on Sunday, Nov. 12. The first Lotto America drawing will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
The initial advertised $15 million Grand Prize in Lotto America is the annuity option – not the cash value option. The amount of the cash value option will be released on Friday, Nov. 10 due to fluctuating interest rates.
Any additional prize funds remaining from the retired Hot Lotto game will roll forward to the new Lotto America game to be awarded as prizes or be returned to participating lotteries to be awarded as prizes.
Players have a one in 9.63 chance of winning a prize in the new Lotto America game, compared to the overall odds of one in 17.22 in the retired Hot Lotto game.
The Lotto America Grand Prize will grow by a minimum of $50,000 per draw until it is won. After the first Grand Prize-winning ticket(s) is sold, the Lotto America Grand Prize will reset to the regular starting amount of $2 million.
The fourteen lotteries that participated in the multi-jurisdictional Hot Lotto game will offer the new Lotto America game: Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia. Note: New Hampshire will begin Lotto America sales in January 2018.